Monday, 11 June 2012

Work In Progress - Shetland Pony

I have been planning to make something a little bit more gobsmacking for ages, and at last I have begun it.

I love Shetland wool, and I also love reading this blog by Frances Taylor of Thordale Shetland Stud. She takes the most amazing photos (which you can buy), and her ponies are just begging to be made in felt.

So this is my half-finished large model of a Shetland pony, made in Shetland wool.

It is the first model of this size I have made, so it is a bit of a learning process. I underestimated the strength of the wire I already had (actually I was too impatient to go out and buy more), so I now I have the tricky job of making the legs stronger a posteriori. And I have almost used up all of my freshly-acquired black Shetland wool, so I will have to recalculate how much wool I buy in in the future.

But I am very pleased. This is the first rough sketch of the horse, minus ears, eyes, mane, tail, round tummy, with palsied-looking back legs and a bit of a fat bum.... But after a few days he will look just like this incredibly handsome boy.